John Hayward

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John Charles Hayward

Born: May 20, 1954 (Montréal)
Died: January 15, 2014 (Newmarket, Ontario)

John Hayward coached his younger sister Mary Ann Hayward, born in 1960, to nine national and more than 20 provincial titles. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2007.

“Knowing someone too well can sometimes be a hindrance but in other ways it’s a good thing, because I know her game so well and know the way she thinks and where she’s trying to go,” he told the Hamilton Spectator newspaper in 2005. “What makes it difficult is it’s your sister. That can be a negative, because you can become too attached.

He was a Class A golf professional and a member of the PGA of Canada since 1981. In his 30-year career, he worked for courses in four provinces, including the Royal Montreal Golf Club, Elm Ridge Country Club, Summerlea Golf & Country Club, Mystic Golf Club, and Lionhead Golf and Country Club.

Hayward also coached amateur hockey for 25 years, including a stint as head coach of the men’s varsity team at John Abbott College, a Cegep (junior college) in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que., on the island of Montréal. He coached the Islanders from 1992-93 until fired after a dismal 1995-96 season. “They’re here for an education,” he’d say of his players, “hockey comes second.”

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